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verb [transitive] estimate pronunciation in British English /ˈestɪmeɪt/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyestimate
he/she/itestimates
present participleestimating
past tenseestimated
past participleestimated

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  1. to say what you think an amount or value will be, either by guessing or by using available information to calculate it

    It's difficult to estimate the cost of making your house safe.

    The Antarctic ice cap is estimated to contain 90% of the world's fresh water.

    estimate something at something:

    The total cost was estimated at £600,000.

    estimate (that):

    We estimate that 20 per cent of the harvest has been lost.

    estimate how much/many:

    It is impossible to estimate how many of the residents were affected.

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